Iran, Turkey Weigh Plans for Closer Regional Cooperation

Iran, Turkey Weigh Plans for Closer Regional Cooperation

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian foreign minister and his new Turkish counterpart discussed the ways to promote interaction between the two neighbors, including their regional cooperation.

In a telephone conversation on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian congratulated his new Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan on taking office, expressing hope that the close cooperation between Tehran and Ankara would continue to grow under the new Turkish government.

Highlighting the significance of cooperation between Iran and Turkey in the regional issues, Amirabdollahian stressed the need to activate the regional mechanisms.

He also emphasized the necessity for the acceleration of plans for the expansion of bilateral relations, inviting Fidan to pay a visit to Iran.

For his part, the top Turkish diplomat stressed the importance of dialogue and close cooperation between Turkey and Iran over the bilateral and regional issues.

Expressing his readiness to contribute to the promotion of Ankara’s relations with Tehran, Foreign Minister Fidan said he will travel to Iran soon.

He also thanked Iran’s first vice president for taking part in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's swearing-in ceremony.

President Erdogan won the run-off presidential election in Turkey on May 28 and extended his tenure for a further five years.

In a telephone conversation with Erdogan on May 30, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi expressed hope that the economic, political, security, cultural and trade relations between Tehran and Ankara would grow further during the new term of the Turkish leader.

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